Congratulations are in order for Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson, who welcomed a baby boy into the world. The Olympic swimmer and his fiancée, who won the Miss California USA 2010 pageant, are first-time parents who excitedly shared the news via his Instagram on Saturday.
Because keeping secret all the juicy details about your celebrity baby is so 2013 (just ask Chrissy Teigen and John Legend if you don’t believe me), Phelps also treated us to an adorable photo of his son and himself topless (dads and babies benefit from skin-on-skin contact just as much as moms and their infants), and a glowing Johnson looks on from a hospital bed.
And their baby’s name is not one you’ll hear every day:
Aww, baby Boomer! For those of you who live for baby name meanings, I’m sorry to say that there is little information about the origins of Boomer — which could be a plus if you’re in the market for an original name. The meaning of Boomer is “loud or notable,” and it originated in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Its popularity hit an unexplainable peak in 2001, then dropped and kept dropping, but it seems to be (slightly) on the rise as of 2015.
Of course, the first person who probably comes to mind when you think “Boomer,” particularly if you’re a sports fan, is Boomer Esiason, a retired football quarterback who played for teams like the Bengals and the Jets. His birth name is actually Norman Julius Esiason, but does that even matter anymore? He’s “Boomer” to the nation, so Boomer it is.
Phelps and Johnson got engaged in February 2015 and announced her pregnancy nine months later. Judging by the fact that they both got their own separate baby showers (his was cowboy themed) and by his shirtless baby bonding, I’m going to go out on a limb and say Phelps is embracing parenthood. He had a rough few years with DUIs and headlines in the tabloids every week, but it seems like the swimmer is now a changed man.
Congrats to both Phelps and Johnson, and welcome to the world, Boomer.
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